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MS Exchange excessive space use

By drakich ·
Hi there,

We are running Win 2000 SBS with some 30 Win98/2000/XP clients. The disk space where MS Exchange is installed, rapidly runs out.When examining contents of the folder, I've noticed some 1000 or so *log files, named like: E000045E,E000045B,etc. They are each 5MB and eat up lots of space. There is also mdbdata folder with priv1.stm file, that one is about 3GB of space. While I am sure that priv1.stm file should not be removed, I would like to know whether I can remove those 1000 and something *log files, without affecting Exchange functionality. If anyone knows something about this, please let me know.
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by Ann777 In reply to MS Exchange excessive spa ...

If your Exchange server is running slow and generating huge log files in the \exchsrvr\imcdata\\log directory.This is how to delete them safely.

The \exchsrvr\imcdata\log directory holds the log files that Exchange generates when you turn on (or up) the level of diagnostic logging for the SMTP protocol. You can safely remove all the files in this directory, but only after you stop the IMS. I recommend that you follow these steps:

1. In Exchange Administrator, select the IMS.
2. Select File, Properties to open the IMS Properties page.
3. Select the Diagnostic Logging tab, and reduce the logging level for the SMTP Protocol Logging item to None.
4. Stop the IMS.
5. Remove the files.
6. Restart the IMS.

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by Ann777 In reply to MS Exchange excessive spa ...

Above is from:
http://www.rdisruption.com/exchange/e&o031.htm

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by Hard_Yakka In reply to MS Exchange excessive spa ...

The log files are transaction log files. Everything exchange sends and receives is recorded in these log files (including attachments) before being written to the database. They are used for recovery, IE if yor server crashes and the database is damaged it will be automatically fixed by exchange using the data in these files.
You can get rid of them two ways. One is to do a full backup this will delete almost all (because you have a good copy of the database) and begin recording them again. Oryou can turn on Circular logging which means instead of making more of these log files exchange overwrites them automatically as needed. While this may be convenient MS don't recomend it as if your server crashes it may not be possible to recover. Uhave two options Turn on circular logging... http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;314605 or better option do Full backups of exchange regularly. An incremental exchange backups will also do the job but you can't restore the exchange database if necessary.
Hope this helps...

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